Friday, April 13, 2007 6comments No tags Permalink 0

Just got back from dinner with Trisha! We stopped in at Capital Seafood, located in the 99 Ranch Plaza in Rowland Heights just a little after five for an early meal. This Capital Seafood isn’t related in any way to the New Capital Restaurant in nearby Life Plaza (so confusing, all these names!) It’s Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant that opened up last fall, and I’ve been meaning to try it for a while.

The restaurant was completely empty when we arrived, but started to fill up when we left. Our waiter started us off with a simple pickled salad and peanuts – is that the trend with Chinese restaurants on the mainland? Cause they don’t do this in Hawaii :)

Our first dish was the fish with bok choy ($7.50). The Pollack is the standard dish used in most Chinese restaurants when the menu just says the word “fish.” So unless they specify, I assume Pollack. I liked the bok choy even more than the Pollack in this dish, mainly because it was so fresh and crunchy, and eh, well, I haven’t been eating nearly as much greens as I would like recently.

Finally satisfying a long craving for tofu, we eagerly tore apart the oyster sauce tofu with minced pork ($7.95). It’s a pretty simple dish you (or maybe your mom in my case) could whip up for an evening dinner. Cubes of silken tofu, bits of pork, crunchy cuts of black fungus and garlic to round it out. The oyster sauce, was so ono, all salty and garlicky that we found ourselves spooning it over scoops of rice and even the fish and bok choy.

It was a very comforting meal, not groundbreaking or particularly exciting, but it just what our Thursday night called for: simple and good food. The meal ended with a complimentary bowl of coconut che, served warm with lots of jellies and tapioca. One thing I’ve been noticing is that all the Chinese restaurants which charge for rice ($.75/person here) is that you get the freebies such as the pickled salad, peanuts, and che. The restaurants that give rice for free don’t give the other bonuses. As far as I’m concerned? We can do without the freebies – those who want it can order and pay extra. But rice?! How can you charge for rice! That’s like charging us for napkins! But…that is just my opinion ;)

After dinner we wandered into 99 Ranch for some weekly food shopping. About every week or so, I fill up on a new half gallon of milk, mock chicken made from tofu (as much as I love chicken, sometimes I think I like the mock meats even more!) and a jar of dofu fa. Then as a reward making it though another week of school, I always add in a couple of snacks. Today it was my childhood favorite, Yan Yan (chocolate flavor), and a cheesecake from the 99 Ranch bakery.

I ate the cheesecake as I soon as I got back to my dorm. It’s so cute! Look!

And ahhh, it was so light like you would not believe. A bit of lemony tang and a noticeable touch of rum, the entire cheesecake floated straight from the plate to my fork to my mouth and right down my stomach. Instead of a traditional graham cracker crust, and because this is an Asian bakery, the base was a light vanilla sponge cake. I wouldn’t call this decadent, because it’s more refreshing that anything, if you can believe that could hold true for a cheesecake. It was like eating sweet cheesy creation with the fluff of a good marshmallow, and a thin top, finely browned with a glossy thin layer of sweet gelatin. Sigh. So goood. Like I said. It’s hard to close a meal without dessert!

Capital Seafood
1015 S. Nogales Street, Suite 132
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
(626) 839-7738

  • anonymous
    April 13, 2007

    I was stuck on the fish and bok choy until I saw the dessert. (And isn’t always the dessert!). Amen to the very last statement. So true!

  • elmomonster
    April 13, 2007

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Capital Seafood. This is my family’s place to eat Sunday lunch. It’s crazy cheap during lunch, and the most crowded. The best dish by far is something called the House Special Fish Fillet. Fish deep fried in chunk, lacquered in a sticky, sour and sweet sauce redolent of vinegar, garlic, and chili. Simply awesome.And I can’t believe you also got my favorite dessert to come out of 99 Ranch. Although they don’t call it cheesecake do they? I believe it’s something like Alps Cake. Best that $5 can buy.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    April 14, 2007

    Hey Rowena!hehe, it just feel strange for me to call an end to a meal with dessert. but i always have to pray i won’t get cavities or diabetes and then brush my teeth right away, hehe :)Hey Elmo!Argh, I wish I knew to order that dish last night, it sounds so good! Your family drives in all the way from OC to come here? chee, and i thought we were going distances from claremont, haha. You’re right! I totally forgot that they called it Alps cake…wonder where the name came from? I always wanted to try the Easy Cheese Cake, which they put next the the Alps Cake…they all look really. Maybe I’ll have them all…One with each trip to rowland :)

  • anonymous
    April 14, 2007

    At most chinese food places (what we call ‘zhi cha’ stalls) where they serve dishes and rice in Singapore, they charge for rice and the frills AND wet towels. And no, we don’t have a choice about it. Not so much for the proper highbrow restaurants though they probably sneak in the charges in the prices of the food. =P

  • elmomonster
    April 14, 2007

    Kathy,Actually my family lives in Chino Hills…so we always end up in Rowland Heights whenever I visit and we go out…so many great places to nosh there!

  • wuziq
    February 8, 2009

    i just had some Alps cake from ranch 99.. so good. i googled for “alps cake” but got nothing. only when i googled for “alps cake ranch 99” did i find this alps cake unique to ranch 99 or something? what IS it? it’s so good.

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